L.A. County libraries could soon supply naloxone for reversing overdoses.
L.A. County libraries could soon be among the first in the nation to be able to supply naloxone, a drug used to reverse overdoses.
A proposed Los Angeles ordinance on Friday night would require the county’s 14 libraries, 12 of which already serve the needs of people who use electronic devices, to be able to provide the injection drug while continuing to provide traditional emergency room access.
In addition, the ordinance would allow L.A. County libraries to distribute the drug under the supervision of a physician. It would require an initial $500 cost per library and require an annual renewal fee in the same amount.
The drug is used to treat opioid overdoses.
Library officials say the measure would create a safe space for people who use electronic devices to have access to the drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.
“They are already equipped to provide emergency services to our library patrons, they are already very familiar with the types of substances that are in the library,” said Jennifer Schall, deputy director of the Los Angeles County Library System. “It’s to provide a safe and confidential space for young adults who are using e-books.”
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the measure on April 5.
The Los Angeles County Library Board of Trustees will need to approve the measure.
For more information, go to the Los Angeles County Library Board of Trustees’ website.